A ‘Bear-B-Q’ in Eastwood in aid of the forces charity Help for Heroes raised £1,125.83 — despite a succession of mishaps which threatened its success.
The event on Saturday (August 2) at The Three Tuns pub went ahead even though it poured with rain, sickness struck down Army cadets who could not attend, and the Mayor was unable to open the day.
However, the fundraiser attracted more than 200 local families and one of the organisers, Sharon Wardle, said it was a fantastic day.
She said: “It was quite upsetting when things were going wrong but we still raised loads of money and it was a really good day.
“The generosity of Eastwood businesses who donated prizes for the raffle was unbelievable.”
The main raffle prize was donated by four regulars of the pub who clubbed together to buy an adult mountain bike.
As well as a BBQ, which Warburtons donated 300 cobs for, there was a balloon artist, a bouncy castle, face painting and a wide variety of stalls during the day, and pub regular Danny Turnbull wore the Help for Heroes bear outfit for the event.
In the evening the crowds were entertained by singers Jess Kenton and Chrissie Harvey, and there was a disco.
Help for Heroes supports British armed forces personnel wounded in conflict and their families.
Regulars at The Three Tuns hope to adopt it as their in-house charity.
Sharon said: “We chose the charity because it is close to a lot of people’s hearts in the pub, especially the girls whose boyfriends are serving overseas with the military at the moment.”
The organisers hope to hold a car wash to raise more money for Help for Heroes in the coming weeks with the cadets who were unable to attend at the weekend.